mourning cloak

noun

Definition of mourning cloak

: a blackish-brown nymphalid butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) that has a broad yellow border on the wings and is found in temperate parts of Europe, Asia, and North America

First Known Use of mourning cloak

1850, in the meaning defined above

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